Amish Farm Stay

I’m working on a book project that requires a trip back to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. (More about the project in future posts.) Yesterday, I called to make a room reservation at an Amish farm that rents rooms to “Englishers.” (That’s Amish vocabulary for anyone who is not Amish.)

A woman named Sadie answered the phone, a trace of a German accent in her voice. After Sadie wrote down the dates of my visit, I asked her how much money I should send to reserve the room.

“Vell,” she said. “Ve are too busy on da farm to make da breakfast. So, yust send me a donation.”

Nonplussed, I had absolutely no idea how much to send, so I wrote out a check for the amount I was spending at an airport hotel the night before. As I sealed that envelope to Sadie and stuck a stamp on it, I couldn’t remember ever feeling so good about writing someone a check.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Ann says:

    When my father was young, growing up as a poor farm boy in the Central Valley of California ,there was a Dr. Julien. This wonderful, Christian doctor NEVER sent out a bill. My dad said people were on a honor system. My father said this man’s needs were always provided. The town has named a park and elementary school after him. He has left a legacy in that town that will last through generations. All because he did his job with love for mankind and God. Thank you for sharing your story about the lovely Amish lady